Equestrian figures of this unusual small size, with such lavish combination of blue and sancai glazes and such elaborate trappings are unusually refined in thier modeling. A slightly smaller blue and sancai-glazed example (27.5cm. high) with a Tartar seated astride a similar elaborately caparisoned horse was included in the Eskenazi exhibition, Twenty-five years, London, 1985, no. 24. Compare, also, the painted grey pottery figure of an equestrian falconer, whose full face and proud expression bear a close resemblance to that of the present lot, illustrated in Zhongguo taoci minpin zhan (An Exhibition of Great Examples of Chinese Ceramics: Masterpieces of Old Chinese Ceramics from the Ataka Collection), Tokyo, 1975.
The result of Oxford Authentication Ltd. thermoluminescence test no. C100u64 is consistent with the dating of this lot.